Bring Back My Primatene® Mist
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Bring Back My Primatene® Mist

    1. Jason  Shandell
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      Jason Shandell

Primatene® Mist is an over-the-counter (OTC) inhaler for asthma patients that has been used safely by millions of people for more than 46 years to help them cope with asthma related symptoms including shortness of breath. It is manufactured by Armstrong Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. There is currently no OTC inhaler for asthma patients available.

If someone without a prescription for an inhaler is suffering from asthma symptoms, they either need to go to the emergency room -- which can cost thousands of dollars -- or simply endure the pain and shortness of breath. 

The existing supply of Primatene® Mist inhalers (approximately 1 million units) expire in 2013, and the EPA has not granted permission for additional CFCs to be used to create additional inhalers.  If the EPA allows the current supply back on the market, it would only be until August 2013.

Amphastar/ Armstrong has received thousands of complaints and inquiries from people who used, benefited from and want continued access to the product. 

Amphastar has repeatedly asked for guidance from the EPA, and received no response, about how to dispose of the current supply of Primatene® Mist inhalers without releasing the CFCs into atmosphere. It is better to allow the approximately 1 million currently available units be made available to help people suffering from asthma, rather than to waste them and still have the CFCs escape into the environment.

There are prescription inhalers still on the market which contain CFCs and they are being used by asthma sufferers.  It is difficult to understand why some prescription inhalers containing CFCs are still allowed to be sold, whereas Primatene® Mist, which was the only OTC inhaler, has been banned. 


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    • marian merlino FREDONIA, NY
      • 3 months ago

      Because I used primatene mist for about 40 years, it always was an OTC easily available, and I knew I could breathe, this reduced my anxiety

    • Robert Toohig ALTA LOMA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Primatene Mist was an effective medication for my Asthma and now I have received many prescriptions and none work as effectiove plus if I run out before it can be refilled I have to wait before I can get a new one. Maybe if we diverted some money to US asthma suffers from the weapons we sell to overseas governments we would really think our government is for the people again many businesses can buty exemptiosn from polluing the air but Asthma suffers now suffer twice without any voice. Will any government official take heed our our voices and bring back Primatene mist

    • David Brink ODESSA, FL
      • 9 months ago


    • Adam Owen AGUANGA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      It has been a long time since I needed an inhaler, but when I was in a pinch and needed something fast, which I knew would work, they were nowhere to be found in the store. We NEED these things back OTC.

    • Vincent Beers TEMPE, AZ
      • 9 months ago

      I have asthma. I've used primatene mist for 30 years to save my life from asthma attacks. i can not afford the prescription replacements that the government expects me to buy, i cant even afford the doctor visits required to get the prescription. i just want to be able to breath and for $20 a year a primatene inhaler let me do that, because i only needed it once in a while, they always lasted at least a year. its just one of those things, when you need it, there isnt time to find a replacement, you need it now or a hosptial. so thats teh choice, a $20 inhaler or a $20,000 hospital bill? i just want to be able to breathe... please


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